One of the smallest countries in the Himalayan range Bhutan is a mountain nation with many beautiful deep valleys and a wide network of rivers. The country also has many religious as well as historically important places and structures.
The Himalayas give the land a mystic as well as majestic appearance with its panoramic valleys, rich biodiversity and mountain streams. It is one of the beautiful and more than that a less crowded place to spend your honeymoon.
Bhutan's former capital Punakha has stunning landscapes and breathtaking and glorious structures. Punakha is about a 3 hours drive from the country's capital Thimpu. The valleys of Punakha are famous for rice farming.
Punakha Dzong fortress houses a couple of sacred relics of Buddhism. A dzong is a type of architecture found mainly in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is the second largest and most majestic dzongs in Bhutan. It means the 'Palace of Great Happiness' in the local language. The Punakha Dzong is located at the confluence of two rivers in the Punakha-Wangdue valley. This dzong was built in the 17th century by the 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche.
It is a stunning six-storied building with a central tower is set among the scenic mountains background. The building was constructed using compacted earth, stones and timber. The Punakha Dzong is connected to the mainland by an arched wooden bridge.
The little charming town of Paro is about 50 km from the capital Thimphu.
The Tiger's Nest Monastery or Paro Taktsang that hangs on a cliffside overlooks the enchanting forests and breathtaking views of the valley below. To reach this monastery you will need to take a pony ride up the hill through a pine forest but it will only take to a particular point and from there you will have to walk. There was an 8th-century meditation cave on this location but the monastery in its modern form was built in 1692.
The monastery is located about 10 km north of Paro and is built about 3,000 ft above the valley. The climb to the monastery id very steep and on many days is covered by clouds which give it a magical look. The whole monastery has been carved into the rock face.
The Land of the Thunder Dragon's capital Thimphu is the administrative as well as religious and commercial centre. It has a mix of ancient charm and modern developments. Places of interest include Chorten Memorial, Simtokha Dzong built in 1627, Craft Bazaar, Buddha Point, Tango Goemba a 12th-century monastery, Botanical Gardens of Serbithang and Tandin Nye temples built on a cliff top.